The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Valley

August 12, 2013

Susquehanna Students to Volunteer Time, Collect Food Donations

SELINSGROVE — More than 600 new and returning Susquehanna University students will join faculty and staff Aug. 24 to launch SU GIVE (Get Into Volunteer Experiences), a day of volunteering at community sites in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Montour counties.

SU GIVE is an annual tradition at Susquehanna, providing first-year students a chance to work hand-in-hand with new classmates and faculty for a common goal, and to introduce them to service opportunities throughout the region.

Among some 50 organizations set to benefit from the group’s volunteerism are Kidsgrove Park, the East Snyder Community Garden and the Union-Snyder Community Action Agency.

Selinsgrove residents can join the effort by donating to the day’s food drive. Interested residents within three designated pickup zones should place nonperishable food items near their front doors by 1 p.m. for pickup. The three zones are Downtown, bordered by Liberty Alley, East Snyder, Water and Sassafras streets; Residential, bordered by Rhoads Avenue, West Mill, Orange and West Pine streets; and Isle of Que, bordered by South Third, East Chestnut, South Front and East Bough streets.

Selinsgrove residents who aren’t sure they live within the pickup areas, or who know they live beyond the defined zones, can donate food by calling (570) 372-4066 or emailing volunteer@susqu.edu by 1 p.m. to request a pickup. The food will be delivered to Haven Ministry in Sunbury, which provides meals to people in need and temporary housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

The event is organized by Susquehanna’s Center for Civic Engagement, committed to providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff to learn about and reflect upon their roles as active, informed citizens within the community. Among the center’s goals are encouraging students to live engaged, enlightened and reflective lives that demonstrate a social and environmental conscience; promoting exploration and understanding of local and global citizenship; fostering an understanding of the complexity and enormity of social issues facing the local community, country and world at large; and furthering the development of sensitivity to the human condition.

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